Pastor Emmanuel Oko Mensah, the former Bishop of the Lighthouse Chapel International (LCI), has been summoned at an Accra Circuit for allegedly stealing a Hyundai Elantra salon car that belongs to the Church.
The former Bishop, who appeared before the court, presided over by Ms Evelyn Asamoah, today (September 22, 2021) pleaded not guilty to the charge and has since been granted bail in the sum of GH₵ 150,000 with two sureties.
Bishop Oko Mensah happens to be among one of the six pastors who have sued the LCI over their Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions.
According to the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Simon Apiosornu, who held the brief for Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Emmanuel Nyamekye, said the former Bishop of the LCI, failed to hand over the official car – valued at $20,000 – to the Church after his resignation adding that the car has since been impounded by the police.
The legal Counsel for Bishop Oko Mensah, Lawyer Kofi Bentil, in his bail application argued that his client was not a flight risk and had a fixed place of abode.
He added that his client had his own Church where he ministers to his congregation every Sunday, praying the court for a self recognisance bail.